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Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
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Apr 13, 11


Krakauer is a good story teller. However, this book should be moved into the fiction section of the library. He works very hard to make a case against the early leaders of the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. My favorite example, and I paraphrase was when he said there is strong circumstantial evidence that Brigham Young ordered the assassination of Joseph Smith's younger brother so that he could be the next prophet. He goes through great efforts to focus hard on any slander recorded against early church leaders and then jumps ahead over a hundred years to tell the story of one of the craziest pair of brothers you can find. It would be like writing a book about Thomas Jefferson taking advantage of one of his slaves to satisfy his lust, then skipping ahead to talk about a crazed family in the Blue Ridge mountains and concluding by saying "That's the story of America". Much like his book Into Thin Air this book is historically accurate according to Krakauer's very subjective perspective.
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message 2: by Geof (new) - rated it 1 star

Geof I had read part of this. Kraukauer places some of the rebuttal in the back of his book and only admits he was wrong to the inaccuracies which don't matter much. I think it's funny he uses any opportunity to think the worse of the LDS Church but is infatuated with Chris McCandless. Oh no, Chris never would have damaged a cabin. He couldn't have eaten that poisonous pod. Apparently his young alter ego gets a free pass on everything, but people who go to church every Sunday are ready to come kill you.


message 3: by Mindi (new)

Mindi Bennett I completely agree with you. Have you seen this: http://www.religiondispatches.org/dis...


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